Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 29 August 2001
Note: the comments below are the unabridged
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From: Lindsay Williams For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Telecom Spam Go go for it Bruce! Let's give them the message loud and clear - we may have lost the battle with our email but we don't want our phones spammed. No way, no how. As you say, we end up with the worst of both worlds - pay for the 'service' AND get ads! From: Daniel For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Selling Content Seeing as the "prepaid" model works so well, I think the only way to sell content online is if websites have agreements with ISPs whereby someone can view a page or site for $x or x cents which will appear on their monthly ISP bill. The ISP earns a commission and the content provider gets their cut. It would be so much easier for a user to click "Add to Bill" rather than entering their credit card details everytime for 20 cents or whatever. The model would work, but of course, this is the Internet and it would be a fairly big task to hook up ISPs and websites, so maybe for now it's unrealistic, but as the content providers become aggregated and people are spending 60% of their online time at 5 websites it just may be the future. After all, we pay for magazines, newspapers, Sky tv etc, so paying for what we want online is not so ridiculous. Of course on the other hand we also get tv and newspapers free, supported by advertising. And the reason these mediums work based on the ad revenue model is because the ads are targeted. If only the online ad industry would wake up and start targeting its advertising I think even the old 468x60 would work very well. Even when cpm's were quite high the ads were ridiculously untargeted. It's a vicious cycle, but there is potential, and I believe in the next 12 months things will come back. Not to the way they were two years ago, but to a more realistic level. From: Peter Belt For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Telecom SPAM When my phone is paged, my world normally crumbles. In my universe it means that something really bad has happened and I'm needed NOW. The blood pressure shoots up, the heart rate increases. You walk to the phone to see how bad it is this time... ...to find it is an unsolicited ad from Telecom. Luckily my emergencies are just of the technical kind, but I'd hate to have been a doctor who was enjoying a few moments of well deserved rest thinking she had to rush back to work. And the effect of the family is also not good. They get to HATE that sound coming from the phone because it means mummy / daddy is going to get ripped away from the family again to return only when the problem is dealt with. How many emergency staff, fire, St Johns, midwives, etc were 'wound up' by that stupid telecom greed? TELECOM: SOME OF US DON'T ''TEXT'' - WE NEED PAGING FOR EMERGENCIES AND RESPOND ACCORDINGLY WHEN WE RECEIVE THEM. From: Greg For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Telecom spam Vodaphone do it too. Consistently. From: David Mill For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Vodafone "Spam" also At least two times in the past week or so, I have received a txt message from Vodafone, informing me of some stupid new promotion or competition that they are running. As nowadays I usually only get fairly important txt messages this has been fairly annoying to me. I know of no way to opt out from these promotional txt messages from Vodafone. From: Camryn Brown For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Important Vodafone Difference Vodafone do send messages about their own services / competitions... but they never send messages from third parties like Telecom (apparently) does. The latter is 100% unacceptable, the former is quite handy - I like to receive messages to let me know I have a week of free texting or some such - and Vodafone knows it's customer base is mostly young people (and generally not people with serious jobs using SMS as a pager) Be sure to give Telecom the message... don't want Vodafone getting ideas + I may end up using Telecom's "serious" network when I grow up ;-)Now Have Your Say
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